Malaysia

PKR calls on all members to join Bersih march

KUALA LUMPUR, April 6 — PKR said today it will back Bersih’s third rally for free and fair elections on April 28 as it is “highly concerned” over the Election Commission’s (EC) ability and trustworthiness.

The opposition party said in a statement that various errors it has pointed out in the electoral roll have not been corrected.

“The party leadership calls on all Keadilan members across the country to join Bersih gatherings on April 28 wherever they might be held,” said vice-presidents Nurul Izzah Anwar, Chua Tian Chang and N. Surendran.

Bersih 2.0 had amassed a crowd of thousands for its second rally last July 9, demanding the government accede to its eight demands for free and fair elections, including the cleaning of the electoral roll; reforms to postal voting; the use of indelible ink; free and fair access to media; a minimum 21-day campaign period; the strengthening of public institutions; a stop to political corruption; and an end to “dirty” politics.

It announced this week the date for “Bersih 3.0”, complaining that the recommendations by the parliamentary panel on electoral improvements were grossly inadequate and warranted the need for another rally.

The Parliamentary Select Committee submitted a 22-point proposal in Parliament on Tuesday but the Dewan Rakyat Speaker rejected an application by the panel’s three Pakatan Rakyat (PR) members to include a minority report along with it.

The minority report was to detail the views of the trio, who had rejected four of the 22 recommendations put forward.

The opposition lawmakers had also complained that the polls panel had not been thorough in its recommendations as it had failed to touch on specific issues of electoral discrepancies such as irregularities found in the current electoral roll.

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